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4 Common Mistakes to Avoid When Installing Surveillance Cameras

October 01, 2019

Mistakes to avoid when installing surveillance camerasThere's a multitude of different options for commercial businesses to implement video surveillance on their property. DIY systems have improved in quality over the years, yet they are not typically designed for commercial applications; in addition, the installation and design behind a camera system can often lead to subpar performance even with the proper equipment.

We've compiled a list of a few mistakes people make when they attempt to install security cameras on their own. 

No Consideration Of Potential Obstructions/Sunlight Issues

When you’re installing security cameras, the positioning of the cameras is paramount to receiving quality footage. If you take a walk around the perimeter of your property, you can likely spot a few angles that offer excellent vantage points. it’s important to identify areas free of obstructions (like trees or lighting poles).

Be absolutely certain that you take the sun’s position into consideration as the last thing you want is to have a strong glare from sunlight blinding out the viewing angle during certain times of the day.

Typically, it’s a good practice to install cameras under the roof at a downwards angle as this protects the camera from the elements and most direct sunlight. If you tilt the camera down so no visible sky comes into view, you’ll avoid lens flair and distortion.

Camera Set Too High

It's only natural to feel the need to mount cameras at the highest point of your building to capture as much footage as possible. However, high aerial views will not give you a detailed shot for identification. This issue highlights the importance of balancing the effective range and number of cameras in a system.

Fixed Vs. PTZ Cameras

In our 27 years of operation, we've found that customers are often enticed by the features associated with PTZ(Pan/Tilt/Zoom) cameras. Mainly, they are thrilled with the ability to move the camera around their property, using the ability to zoom in and out to grab as much detail as necessary. However, the issue with this is that if a user forgets to return the camera to it's "home" position, the camera is left focusing on the area less sensitive to everyday issues.

Essentially, unless the PTZ camera is being monitored by a human it will only be focused on one area at a time just like any other camera. This increases the likelihood that incident will not be recorded because it happened outside the current view of the PTZ even though it was within the PTZs viewing range.

Ultimately, PTZs are a good fit for operations where a user will be remote monitoring, and they can be used to augment fixed cameras that will always be focused on a  key area of concern.

Neglecting The Benefits Of Professional Security Camera Installation

At this point, you may be noticing an underlying factor for potential camera installation mistakes: the DIY route neglects the years of experience and wisdom harbored by professional security companies. If you are serious about properly installing cameras for your facility, consider the benefits of hiring a professional to install your security camera system. 

Professional & Experienced: First and foremost, a technician can conduct a site survey and provide advice on camera placement, equipment, and alarm devices. They may also cover which product works best in specific locations as well as what you are both entitled and required to do with the footage these systems record.

A Partner For Maintenance:
Considering that your system will be running at all times, it's crucial that you have access to professionals who are knowledgeable about camera maintenance. A security service provider can discuss the varying maintenance programs available to keep your system in tip-top shape.

Advanced Technology Made Easy: With the recent technological advancement, some camera systems may be troublesome to set up by yourself. A professional company will ensure the system works when it's supposed to.

Technical Experience You Can Count On: A qualified camera technician, dispatched by a security provider, can guide you through the steps to successfully operate the system, and address any questions you may have.Professional security installers have set up the system before and know exactly how it works. The chances of making mistakes during the installation are greatly reduced.

Friendly Troubleshooting & Support: Security specialists have the know-how and experience necessary to troubleshoot issues and repair (or replace) your system if the need arises. Having a reliable security company to offer support, and provide training to your employees is priceless.

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When it comes to the security of your building, it's best not to leave it up to chance. Be sure that you have made every effort possible to keep your property, employees, and visitors well protected. If you have any concerns, you should consider having your security measures evaluated by a reputable company.
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